• This year, most of our FFA events will be virtual. Updates for events will be posted here and on our Facebook page! For now, FFA dues will be covered by the chapter. 
     
    Congratulations to the SMS FFA Livestock Judging team for competing on August 4th at the State FFA Livestock Judging Contest at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds! Team members were: Sam Martin, Samuel Garber, Travis Ball, Allison Rhodes, Rylee Shiflett, and Ashley Tutwiler. Our team placed 2nd overall!
    We placed 1st overall in Cattle Judging with Sam Martin placing 1st as an individual, Allison Rhodes placing 3rd, and Ashley Tutwiler placing 4th!
    We placed 2nd overall in Swine Judging with Travis Ball placing 2nd as an individual!
    In Reasons, our team placed 2nd overall with Samuel Garber placing 3rd as an individual and Sam Martin placed 5th!
    Overall, Sam Martin placed 4th as an individual in the Jr. FFA Division, Travis Ball placed 7th, and Allison Rhodes placed 8th!
    A big congratulations to all members for participating in this contest and a huge thank you to the VA Youth Livestock Program for putting together a quality contest despite the circumstances! It was so great to see kids smiling and in Official FFA Dress and 4H attire again!
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    Thank you to Mr. Jim Snavely for the radio interview for WBTX radio to highlight our 8th grade FFA officers! We are saddened that we cannot round out the year like we had hoped this spring with our many FFA activities and celebrations scheduled but we are hopeful we can still have a late summer picnic to still recognize our members and officers for their hard work this past year! Check out our FFA Officer Team page or our updated Facebook page to see each 8th grade FFA officer get spotlighted this week and next. Here is the link to the radio interview! SMS FFA Officer Spotlight Radio
     
    A special thank you to the Technology Education department, middle school student Douglas K., and teacher Ben Wyrick for putting together this high quality video from our Tractor/Farm Safety Day as a part of FFA Week back in February! 
     
    We had a great, successful FFA week this year as we celebrated with FFA dress up spirit days, trivia on the morning announcements each day, and lots of fun after school activities! On Monday, our chapter members went ice skating. On Wednesday, we served the SMS faculty a great breakfast provided by our parents. On Thursday, a few of our members brought tractors and farm implements to school to educate the middle and elementary aged students on farm and tractor safety! 
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    Our spring FFA contest season and practices have begun! We are currently gearing up for the Envirothon Contest with help from 7th grade science teacher Mr. Heberling. The Envirothon team had a workshop at Bridgewater College earlier this year and are hard at work studying soils, forestry, wildlife, fisheries, and the current ag issue! Team members are Hank Thompson, Emory Seal, Travis Ball, Klay Redifer, Jake Frizzelle, Sam Garber, and any other 6th-8th grader interested in joining! The contest will be April 2nd at Natural Chimney's park. 
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    The following students represented SMS at the Blocka nd Bridle Stockman's and Livestock Judging Contest in February: Sam Martin, Sam Garber, Jake Frizzelle, Allison Rhodes, Rylee Shiflett, Travis Ball, Klay Redifer, Jackson Michael, Dean Grogg, Ella Shreckhise, Ashley Tutwiler, Lily Davis, and DeAnna Smith. 
    The team consisting of Sam Martin, Sam Garber, Jake Frizzelle, and Allison Rhodes placed 5th overall in the Stockman's Contest. 
    The team consisting of Sam Martin, Sam Garber, Jake Frizzelle, and Allison Rhodes placed 2nd overall in the Livestock Judging Contest. 
    Travis Ball placed 1st overall as a high individual in the Livestock Contest. All other results can be found here at this link! https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/
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    The following students represented SMS at the Block and Bridle Hippology and Horse Judging Contest in February: Amy Welcher, Paige Chafin, Ashley Tutwiler, Lee Kent, Kristen Lambert, and Madison Sams. 
    The team of Amy Welcher, Paige Chafin, and Ashley Tutwiler placed 1st overall in the Hippology Contest! 
    The team of Amy Welcher, Paige Chafin, Ashley Tutwiler, and Lee Kent placed 1st overall in Horse Judging! 
    Official results in all categories is found here at this link: https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/
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    The following students represented SMS in the Federation Public Speaking Contest in February! 
    Sam Martin - Placed 2nd overall in Creed Speaking and will move onto the Area Contest
    Lee Kent - Placed 3rd overall in Extemporaneous Speaking
    Bianca Brensinger - Placed 4th overall in Prepared Public Speaking
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    The following students represented us so well in the State Parliamentary Procedure Contest in February! Our team placed 4th overall! 
    President: Sam Martin
    Vice President: Lee Kent
    Secretary: Bianca Brensinger
    Treasurer: Gilbert May
    Reporter: Wyatt Marshall
    Sentinel: Allison Rhodes
    Student Advisor: Emory Seal
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    We are gearing up for National FFA Week which will be February 24th-28th! Our chapter is in the process of planning our dress up spirit days, activities, and service projects for the week! Mr. Jim Snavely was able to record members that are on our Parliamentary Procedure team to advertise for this year's National FFA Week! Listen to them at the links below! 
     
     
    Currently, we have spring teams practicing and competing in upcoming contests! Practices are being held Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays after school from 3-5 pm. We have a Junior Parliamentary Procedure team, a Junior Hippology and Horse Judging Team, a Junior Stockman's and Livestock Judging Team, and a few Creed Speaking and Prepared Public Speaking Contestants! Wish us luck in the coming weeks! 
     
    In January our chapter attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show! 
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    We had a fun time at our FFA member Christmas Party this year! 
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    A special thanks to all members and community members for supporting us during our annual citrus and nut sale fundraiser. We had another successful year! The following students placed in the top 10 and will receive a prize at the end of the year FFA banquet! 
    1st Place - Sam Martin
    2nd Place - Kristen Lambert 
    3rd Place - Jackson Michael
    4th Place - Hailey Keagy
    5th Place - Patricia Sanchez
    6th Place - DeAnna Smith
    7th Place - Travis Ball
    8th Place - Hank Thompson
    9th Place - Dean Grogg
    10th Place - Madison Sams
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    We had a great time at the Annual New Hope Christmas Parade this December! Our chapter's float design won us 2nd place in the parade! Thank you to the Shiflett family for their help in decorating and letting us use their wagon and tractor! 
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    We had such a successful Community Dinner and Auction Fundraiser this year. We appreciate all of our members, parents, community members, and guests for making this event happen! Our chapter raised nearly $4,000 to use for the coming year to help make FFA opportunities happen for our members! 
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    Our 8th Grade Officer team had a great time at National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this past October! We attended workshops, sessions, the rodeo, and our chapter was recognized Nationally as a 2 Gold Star Middle School FFA Chapter in the country! 
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    The 7th Grade Assistant FFA Officers travelled to Virginia Tech in October to participate in the Junior Leadership Workshops. 
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    We had a Junior Skill-A-Thon Stockman's Team this year at the State Fair and Ella Shreckhise placed 7th overall in Sheep. 
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    We had a Junior Hippology Team this year at the State Fair and Amy Welcher placed 4th overall and our team was 5th overall. 
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    We had a Junior Dairyman's Team this year at the State Fair and Lee Kent placed 20th overall out of over 130 people and our team placed 12th overall out of 40 teams! 
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    On September 25th, we celebrated World School Milk Day by visiting Clymore Elementary School to speak to the Pre-School and Kindergarten classes about dairy production and where their milk comes from! We had so much fun! 
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    Congratulations to all Stewart Middle School FFA Members for a job well done at the Rockingham County Fair Livestock Shows this year! 
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    The First Annual FFA Tractor Pull fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th at Augusta Expo starting at 4 pm! We need all FFA students, parents, alumni, families, and community members to help with this event! See Mrs. Hoffman or Teresa Craig (organizer of the parent volunteer committe) for more details!! 
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    The Augusta County Fair is July 30th - August 3rd at the Augusta Expo Center! SMS FFA will be running the petting zoo and working the ice cream booth from 6-8 pm back by the livestock barns! Any FFA member is able to help and families are invited to come visit us! The petting zoo is free, the ice cream proceeds all go towards our trip to National FFA Convention!
     
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    Back to school night is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th from 6-7:30 pm. You can sign your child up for FFA on this night! Dues will be $20 and FFA tshirts will be dispursed soon for students who sign up by August 30th! 
     
    Our new 2019-2020 Officer team has already met this summer to plan our activities for the coming year and we are so excited to be working with this team! 
    President: Sam Martin
    Vice President: Lee Kent
    Secretary: Bianca Brensinger
    Treasurer: Rylee Shiflett
    Reporter: Samuel Garber
    Sentinel: Travis Ball
    Historian: Kristen Lambert
    Parliamentarian: Gilbert May
    Board of Directors: Allison Rhodes, Amy Welcher, and Autumn Hitt
     
     
    We had a very successful week at State FFA Convention in June! Below is a wrap up and pictures from our week! 
    SMS FFA received a Gold Rating for our National Chapter application which highlights the activities that we plan and implement throughout the year and our chapter's efforts will move on to be judged at National FFA Convention in October. 
    Carlie Good and Brenda Lamas placed 1st overall in the Division 2 Agriscience Fair Contest with their project on Broiler Chickens in the Animal Systems category and will move on to compete at National FFA Convention in the fall. 
    Sam Martin placed 2nd in the Junior Livestock Judging Contest with our team placing 6th overall. 
    Daniel Worrell placed 2nd overall in the FFA Quiz Bowl Contest with our team placing 4th overall. 
    Amy Welcher placed 4th in the Junior Horse Hippology Contest with our team placing 5th overall. 
    Bianca Brensinger placed 7th in the Junior Dairy Judging Contest with our team placing 5th overall.
    Jessica Layman's efforts in the Chapter Scrapbook contest received a Silver rating overall. 
     
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    A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL FFA MEMBERS, PARENTS, FAMILIES, DONORS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY AUCTION AND DINNER FUNDRAISER ON MARCH 2ND TO BENEFIT THE SMS AND FDHS FFA CHAPTERS! 
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    A great job to the SMS FFA Stockman's and Livestock Judging teams for competing in the Block & Bridle contest. Results are below: 
    Team members included Samuel Martin, Samuel Garber, and Bianca Brensinger. Samuel Martin placed 5th in cattle judging, Samuel Garber placed 3rd in sheep/goats judging, and the team placed 10th overall! 
    https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=10981
    https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=10854
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    Congratulations to the following FFA members for participating in the first SMS State Conduct of Chapter Meetings (Jr. Parliamentary Procdure) competition: 
    Daniel Worrell, Carlie Good, Autumn Hitt, Gilbert May, Georgia Payne, Sam Martin, and Brenda Lamas 
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    Congratulations to the following FFA members for taking risks and participating in the Federation Public Speaking Competition: 
    Creed Speaking: Lee Kent, Carlie Good, Brenda Lamas, and Emory Seal
    Prepared Public Speaking: Bianca Brensinger
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    Results from the FFA Block & Bridle Horse Judging Competition are below: 
    Congratulations to the following students for placing in the top 10! Amy Welcher, Sierra Dedo, Lee Kent, and Autumn Hitt. Our Hippology team placed 2nd overall! Great job SMS! 
    https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=10936
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    A special thanks to Mr. Snavely for interviewing a few of our FFA Officers yesterday to record radio spots for National FFA Week coming up! Click on the links below to hear from our talented officers! They will also be aired on WBTX radio! 
      
     
    Thank you to all who helped create or ride on the SMS FFA Christmas Parade Float! We received 2nd for our decorations! A special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Shiflett for allowing us to use their trailer and tractor for the float! 
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    Fruit Sale Fundraiser: Thank you to all parents, students, and community members who helped participate in either selling or buying fruit this year from our annual citrus and nut sale fundraiser through Florida Farm Bureau! We appreciate all of the support! All proceeds will go towards student FFA jackets, FFA competitions, and other FFA activities throughout the year. Winners of our fruit sale at SMS are below! 

    10th - Carlie Good

    9th - Darren Owens

    8th - Madison Sams

    7th - Hailey Keagy

    6th - Talyn Armentrout

    5th - Brianna Lane

    4th - Sierra Dedo

    3rd - Kristen Lambert

    2nd - Nathan Cave

    1st - Samuel Martin

    Winners will receive prizes at the FFA Banquet in the spring! 

    National FFA Convention wrap up! Our eight 8th grade FFA officers represented SMS AND the state of Virginia at the National FFA Convention and Expo this past October. We designed, created, set up, and worked at the Hall of States Booth competition where we represented Virginia's agriculture and FFA. Our booth and our efforts earned us a silver rating in the Hall of States competition where we were the only middle school represented! We were also just recently mentioned in the News Virginian in an article! You can find the link here: https://www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/news/local/stewart-middle-ffa-chapter-brings-home-silver/article_b1514b98-2978-5752-9f7c-cccb740cb469.html 
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    State FFA Convention wrap up! We had a wonderful week and walked away with a lot of awards and recognition! We are proud of ALL of our members who attendended State Convention and represented SMS FFA well! Official results can be found at this website: https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=9530
     
    Here are some highlights: 
    Brenda Lamas received her own personalized FFA Jacket and was recognized on stage. 
    The Dairy Judging Team placed 3rd overall and Brianna Lane placed 9th as an individual. 
    The Horse Judging Team placed 4th overall and Amy Welcher placed 7th as an individual. 
    The Hippology Team placed 4th overall. 
    The Quiz Bowl Team placed 5th overall. 
    The Junior Ag Mechanics Team placed 7th overall and Ethan Jones placed 1st as an individual! 
     
    Our Chapter also received the National Chapter Award (silver rating) as well as the Strengthening Agriculture Award for the Blue Ridge Area! 
    Below are some pictures from our week! 
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    We had another great, Annual FFA Banquet at SMS on May 15th! Congratulations to all FFA members for your successes throughout the year! And a special thanks to Super Save and Randy Harris for providing the food, Country Confections for providing the cake, Mrs. Marshall and FCCLA for serving, and Mrs. Stevens and the Yearbook class for creating the slideshow! 
     
    Congratulations to the upcoming 8th grade officer team! The officer slate is below! 
    President: Daniel Worrell
    Vice President: Carlie Good
    Secretary: Brenda Lamas
    Treasurer: Brianna Lane
    Reporter: Braydon Eavers
    Sentinel: Chloe Phillips
    Historian: Jessica Layman
    Parliamentarian: Georgia Payne
     
    The Annual Augusta County Market Animal Show was another big success this year with record turnouts! Congratulations to all Stewart Middle School members who showed either hogs, lambs, or steers. The goat show will be in conjunction with the Augusta County Fair at Expo on August 3rd. 
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    Ethan Jones
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    Alec McLaren
    Dylan Thornton
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    Brianna Lane
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    We had a successful plant sale fundraiser this year! Please let us know if there was something that was missing in our sale that you would like to see next year! Our 7th and 8th grade agriscience classes worked hard preparing the plants for the sale! 
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    SMS was represented well at the State Stockman's Contest by team members: Sam Martin, Brooke Powell, Brianna Lane, Clay Lambert, and Aiden and Rylee Shiflett on April 20th at the Rockingham Fairgrounds. 
     
    Nine students received their very own personalized FFA jacket at the annual Blue and Gold Dream jacket ceremony at the Augusta County Government Center. Sponsors and recipients are below: 
    David and Ellie Wright sponsored Coy Brown and Daniel Worrell
    Eddie and Nellie Black sponsored Braydon Eavers
    Jerry Cleveland sponsored Ethan Jones
    Ridgeview Acres sponsored Clay Lambert
    Barbara and Terry Hoffman sponsored Haleigh Lowry
    Battles Edge Farm sponsored Rylee Shiflett
    Cattlemen's Supply sponsored Dylan Thornton and Corinne Campbell
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    The first ever middle school Envirothon team in Augusta County was SMS! Team members were Daniel Worrell, Kira Hupman, Mason Brittle, and Andrew Hickey. The team placed 3rd overall and were competitive with the high school teams! We look forward to competing again next year! 
     
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    FFA Rally Results: Coy Brown placed 4th in Extemporaneous public speaking, Montana Breeden placed 4th in Prepared Public Speaking, and Carlie Good placed 5th in Creed Speaking. Aiden Shiflett placed 2nd in Prepared. Congratulations! 
      
    The Fort and SMS FFA Community Dinner and Auction was a huge success! Thank you to all donors, parents, FFA members, and supporters for helping make this event so successful! We greatly appreciate it! And a special thank you to Teresa and Mark Craig for running an outstanding auction! The Fort Community is one of a kind! 
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    FFA Week Student Radio Spots!! Click on the links below to hear the audio aired on WBTX! 
     
    FRUIT SALE RESULTS!
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    10th place: Sierra Dedo
    9th place: Kristen Lambert
    8th place: Darren Owens
    7th place: Aiden Shiflett
    6th place: Carlie Good
    5th place: Cody Shumaker
    4th place: Courtney Begoon
    3rd place: Tanner Miller
    2nd place: Sam Martin

    And in 1st place for 3 years in a row, totaling more than $2,000 in sales is Spenser James.

     
    Congratulations to the following 7th graders for a job well done at the assistant FFA officer interviews. These students will be assistant officers this year: 
     
    President: Daniel Worrell
    Vice President: Brenda Lamas
    Secretary: Carlie Good
    Co-Secretary: Brooklyn Gray
    Treasurer: Brianna Lane
    Reporter: Georgia Payne
    Sentinel: Chloe Phillips
    Co-Sentinel: Tanner Miller
    Student Advisor: Darren Owens
    Historian: Jessica Layman
    Parliamentarian: Braydon Eavers
      
    Congratulations to the SMS Forestry Judging Team for placing 2nd overall at the Federation Contest!! Team members included Aiden Shiflett, Daniel Worrell, Brenda Lamas, and Carlie Good. Daniel was 2nd high individual and Aiden was 3rd high individual! They will move onto the Area Contest in 2 weeks at Amherst. Great job SMS! Official results can be found here: Federation Forestry Results
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    Congratulations to all students for a job well done at State FFA Convention this year! We walked away with a lot of ribbons, a National Superior Chapter Award, and a lot of great experiences! SMS was represented well! An official list of results for each contest can be found here: https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=8162
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    We had a great end of the year FFA Awards Banquet on May 16th! Congratulations and thank you to all students and parents for a fantastic year of FFA accomplishments at SMS!  
     
    The 72nd Annual 4H and FFA Market Animal was a huge success! Congratulations to all SMS FFA exhibitors including: Caden Morris, Drew Shreckhise, Audrey Eagle, Aiden Shiflett, Montana Breeden, Riley Breeden, Brianna Lane, and Delaney Stogdale! 
     
    Thank you to everyone who helped support the SMS FFA and Agriscience Classes from the Plant Sale. We had a successful Plant Sale Fundraiser! 
     
    Congratulations to the SMS FFA State Stockman's Team for placing 8th overall in the Junior Contest! Teammates were Aiden Shiflett, Caden Morris, Jacob Botkin, and Drew Shreckhise. 
     
    Seven SMS FFA Members received their very own FFA Jacket at the Blue and Gold Dream Jacket Presentation on April 6th! Tara Byrd, Dennis Gordon, Nicholas Malcomb, Brooke Powell, Anden Shuler, Cody Shumaker, and Delaney Stogdale were among the recipients. 
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    We had a very successful Blue Ridge Area Rally on April 4th. 13 SMS students attended and participated in mock contests in Small Animal Care, Ag Mechanics, or Livestock Judging. Courtney Begoon competed in the Area Creed Speaking Contest where she placed 5th. Montana Breeden competed in the Area Prepared Public Speaking Contest and placed 3rd! 
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    Congratulations to Courtney Begoon for placing 1st in the Federation Creed Speaking Contest and Montana Breeden for placing 1st in the Federation Prepared Public Speaking Contest! 
      
    Congratulations to the Horse Judging team for their performance at the State Contest on March 25th! Team members were Delaney Stogdale, Isabelle Kent, Brooke Powell, and Margo Clark. Official placings and results are below. The team placed 8th overall in the state!
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    Thanks to everyone who helped support the SMS FFA Chapter through our strawberry sale this year! We had a successful fundraiser! 
     
    Congratulations to the following students for representing SMS at the Jackpot Public Speaking Contest last week! Daniel Worrell - 2nd in Creed, Courtney Begoon - 1st in Creed, Audrey Eagle - 2nd in Prepared, Montana Breeden - 1st in Prepared. Courtney and Montana will be moving on to the Federation Contest. 
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    Congratulations to the SMS FFA Stockman's and Livestock Judging Team for their performance over the weekend at the Block and Bridle Contest at Virginia Tech. Teammates were Audrey Eagle, Aiden Shiflett, Drew Shreckhise, Caden Morris, and Jacob Botkin. They will head to the State Contest in April. Results are below: 
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    We had a very successful FFA Week! SMS FFA participated in dress up days throughout the week, hosted a mock public speaking contest, provided the SMS faculty with a breakfast, and went to Beverley Manor Middle School for Ag Olympic Games and Social! 
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    Congratulations to the Horse Judging team for their awesome performance over the weekend at the Block and Bridle Hippology and Horse Judging Competitions. Team members included Delaney Stogdale, Isabelle Kent, Margo Clark, Brooke Powell, and Sierra Dedo. Delaney Stogdale placed 10th overall as an individual and Sierra Dedo placed 9th overall. The team will be headed to States in March! 
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    We are proud of two of our very own FFA Officers for speaking on a radio spot advertising for FFA Week! Way to go! Click on the links below to listen: 
     
     
    Congratulations to all students that participated in the Federation Middle School CDE Contests on Thursday, Jan. 26th! Official results are attached below: 
     
     
    Fruit Sale Results: A huge THANK YOU to all students, staff, and supporters who helped us with our annual fruit and nut sale this year. We had a very successful fundraiser! Congratulations to these top individuals who placed in the top 10 overall: 10th-Aiden Shiflett, 9th-Nick Malcomb, 8th-Cody Shumaker, 7th-Delaney Stogdale, 6th-Rachel Mohler, 5th-Caden Morris, 4th-Jay Turner, 3rd-Brianna Lane, 2nd-Courtney Begoon, and 1st-Spenser James. 
     
     
    Congratulations to all students that competed in the Federation Forestry Judging Contest on Tuesday, October 4th at Wilson! The team of Audrey Eagle, Jacob Botkin, Aiden Shiflett, and Montana Breeden placed 3rd overall! Audrey Eagle was also a top individual placing 2nd overall! Congratulations to all students for a successful first FFA contest! 
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    Thank you to all who came to support the FFA at Fun Night on Friday, August 26th! It was a successful first fundraiser and it looked like the students really enjoyed the games that the FFA hosted including water balloons, cornhole, penny toss, and mini basketball! 
     
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